I just returned from a "working vacation" which makes for a great example of just how important it is to choose the right niche for your blog...
If you want to be successful, make money AND have fun at it, that is.
Every year Willie Crawford hosts a fun, casual Beach Meetup at The Crab Trap on Fort Walton Beach.
This was my third time attending, and it's great for networking and catching up with people you know & work with online. But it's also a great excuse to take a tax-deductible trip to the beach.
As you know, I have two blogs. The one you're reading now where I share blogging & internet marketing tips from my 17 years experience in online business. And of course I have my low carb travel blog as well.
I also have a Personal Vlog (Video Blog) at LynnTerry.TV which I'm "bringing back" (yay!), which is where I ramble about anything & everything -lol.
This trip was great for all three blogs in regards to content ideas - and great photos, videos, blog posts & social media updates. It was also good for scouting brands to work with, discussing potential JV's, networking with other business owners & sharing ideas, and making some "travel connections" for my TLC blog.
That's Willie on the left in the picture above, me in the middle of course, and Ricky (my handsome fellow) went with me this time. It was an 8 hour road trip, which was tons of fun! - and made for some great #roadtrip updates along the way.
This is what being a (happy, successful!) professional blogger is all about!
I had a great time hanging out with friends, playing in the ocean, taking long beach walks, enjoying amazing seafood dishes, and all the great things a "beach trip" should be about.
But I was also "working" (which I just have to put in quotes for a reason!) throughout the trip: taking photos, jotting down notes & ideas, sharing pictures & "live" updates online, etc.
In this photo I'd just enjoyed a nice morning swim and a healthy breakfast, which I was sharing as social media updates along the way - but also documenting for a blog post on how to stay healthy on vacation.
Then I was taking photos of the grounds on my way back from the cafe, and before we did a little shopping, for my review of the beach resort.
Work. Yes. It's hard to call it that word. lol.
This is what successful niche blogging is all about. Ideally it should fit into your lifestyle - your ideal lifestyle, that is - so that you're not "working to play"... but "playing to work"!!
There's a BIG difference.
It all boils down to quality of life. And done right, working online and being a successful blogger can give you that ideal lifestyle you most want. That's exactly what I teach in my Niche Success Blueprint. I discussed this too in my recent post about What I'm Working On, and how great it is to live life on your own terms!
It's not difficult to be successful at blogging and have that "laptop lifestyle" that I enjoy myself. There's nothing hard about it at all. It does take time to establish yourself and your business, and grow your following, but it's SO worth it! And while yes, it IS work, as you can see... it can be FUN work.
It's all in choosing a niche that allows you to ENJOY every single second of it!
In addition to tons of content for my TravelingLowCarb.com blog, I shared updates for ClickNewz readers along the way as well. And ultimately wrote this blog post you're reading now. So as you can see, LOTS of content ideas and social media updates came out of this "working vacation" trip.
The updates on my low carb Facebook Page (plus Twitter & Instagram etc) got a lot of replies and engagement - and generated interest in my low carb challenge, so the trip was a big success in that regard.
Here are some of the updates I shared on my ClickNewz Facebook Page as an example too, which was a fun way to include everyone on my trip, and inspire people to achieve that coveted "laptop lifestyle"...
What's in the bag, you ask? First, it's an AmeriLeather Rainbow Mazy Tote (Rainbow) - which I love! Inside is my Macbook, a printed copy of my Niche Success Blueprint, a notebook/journal and my favorite ink pen, my iPad, Android mobile phone, and chargers for each. That's it!
Since Ricky was driving, I took advantage of the 8 hours on the road (both ways) to do some writing and brainstorming. There's nothing like a change of scenery to spark tons of creative ideas!
I shared this picture from the beach (above) when I got back in my home office on Monday morning, because after sharing everything I was doing & working on all weekend... I wanted to hear what everyone else was working on for the week.
Come leave a comment and share what you're working on!
I absolutely love what I do for a living. This post (and the links I shared throughout) should give you a pretty good idea of what my life as a blogger is all about. I get to meet great people from all over the world, connect with companies and brands that I use and love, travel and have fun, and of course experience that true financial freedom & laptop lifestyle that goes along with being a successful blogger.
Work and Play don't have to be separate. I encourage you to create a life you love, where living it... is profitable!
Next, see: Want To Make More Money With Your Blog?
p.s. My Niche Success Blueprint is ideal if you'd like to achieve this same lifestyle for yourself. If you want hands-on help, I'd be happy to work with you personally too. And if you join my Private Brainstorming Group where I can work with you step-by-step, you'll get the Niche Success Blueprint for free! I give members lots of cool perks.
Note: If you grab this 4-Module download of the Niche Success Blueprint, you'll get the opportunity to sign up for the entire course at a deep discount off the public rate. (Miss the crazy good discount before?? Grab it today!)
If you enroll in the course after checking out those four modules, I'll even refund your $29 purchase. How's that for fair?